I'm new to this and I'm writing this on behalf of my 81 year old dad who has been told by the ns that he needs to have a laminectomy to C1 and have it fused to C2, not sure what to expect. He now has a burning, tingling sensation in his neck, shoulders and wrists. The first ns wanted to place a metal plate at the base of his skull do the laminectomy on C1 and put screws in C2 and possibly C3 and C4 depending on what he found. At that note got a second opinion and decided to go with having only C1 and C2 fused. He is very nervous as to what to expect coming out of surgery, from what we have read it sounds like its an awful surgery. He's very physically active and in good health. Any information would be helpful.